Pet Sematary is the latest Stephen King story to get a new cinematic adaptation. Coming after the massive success of 2017's It, the film has a tough act to follow, but early reviews suggest that the film could be more than up to that challenge.
With a handful of reviews currently on Rotten Tomatoes including from some top critics, Pet Sematary has already earned a 100% positive rating. While it's far too early to tell if that perfect score will stick, the say suggest that the film reexamines and tweaks the plot of the story instead of just retelling the events of King's original novel, which making the film a more effective remake than other recent horror retreads.
Monica Castillo of The Wrap writes that the film is a "terrifying story about death still leaves audiences with much to think about long after the credits roll..." while the more critical John DeFore of THR still gave the film a positive review, saying "a solid if not earthshaking horror pic built around notably good performances". While that score may change as more critics see the film, it at bodes wells for the potential success of the film.
Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo and Lucas Lavoie, and John Lithgow. The adaptation of the Stephen King novel opens April 5.